Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) recently invited Nigerian music producer, Michael Ajereh aka Don Jazzy and singer Tiwa Savage for allegedly making political statements against the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
Following a sharp rise in sexual assault cases across Nigeria in recent months, especially against women, Tiwa Savage began a movement known as “WeAreTired” in protest of the situation.
The singer also used the hashtag to tell the government that Nigerians are tired of the increasing sexual assault on women, lack of electricity, the incessant illegal arrest of young men and extrajudicial killing of young Nigerians by security agencies.
Don Jazzy has also used his social media handles to make statements about national issues.
Together with Don Jazzy, Savage was invited to the DSS office in Lagos two weeks ago during which they were warned to be careful with their posts on the social media.
A member of Tiwa Savage’s management team, who confirmed the development to SaharaRepoters, said that the celebrated female artiste will not stop speaking for Nigerians regardless of any move by the government.
Shortly after that episode, the two celebrities together with colleagues Yemi Alade and Waje were summoned by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, who while sharing efforts they were making to tackle rape and other problems in the state and country, warned the musicians to steer clear of political comments in order not to incur the wrath of the President Buhari’s administration.
But as if to confirm the subtle warning from the government, Don Jazzy and Tiwa Savage both appear to have toned down their social media posts in recent days after the meeting with the DSS and police in Lagos.
For example, Don Jazzy, who is known to actively engage his numerous followers on social media, last posted anything on Twitter more than 22 hours while Tiwa never continued with her hashtag after the meeting with DSS Director at their Shangisha, Lagos office.